Author: Joy Riddle


Officials explore whether recent suicides signal trend

Sarah Nelson, Gainesville Sun, Posted Apr 22, 2020 at 8:15 PM More than one month into coronavirus-related changes that have upended normal life, area residents have leaned heavily on Alachua County’s mental health and crisis services in uncertain — and for some, seemingly hopeless — times. But in the past week, what some first responders say appears to be a …

Meridian Clinician: Mental Health Firefighter

The new normal of sheltering at home during the coronavirus pandemic can leave people feeling mentally unsteady, but Sara Creel has some guidance on how to relieve the strain. “As time goes on and kids are out of school, a lot of parents are out of work, a lot of people are stuck with people …

Meridian Board Announces Don Savoie as Next President and CEO: Effective January 1, 2020

Gainesville, Fla. – Meridian recently announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Don Savoie as President and Chief Executive Officer of Meridian effective January 1, 2020. Maggie Labarta PhD, current President and CEO stated, “As I wrap up 37 years, and 19 as CEO, I am more certain than ever that our mission is …

Meal Reimbursement Award

Meridian Awarded Meal Reimbursement from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Meridian Awarded Meal Reimbursement from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Gainesville, Fla. – Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Inc., has once again received the necessary funding to provide nutritious and balanced meals to qualifying adults clients receiving care at Meridian. Since 2008, the Florida Department …

Maggie Labarta: Mental health requires community support

opinion by Maggie Labarta/Special to The Sun What determines how healthy we are? We like to think it’s health care, but health-related behaviors and social circumstances are the biggest determiners of health, resilience and recovery. Mental health, too, is not just individual struggle. A community that promotes emotional well-being is healthier and its citizens more …

Upcoming meeting to highlight mental health issues

By Cleveland Tinker Goal is to avoid putting people in jail when treatment is a better option Local efforts to address mental illness issues in the criminal justice system will be the focus of discussion at a town hall meeting next week. The May 16 town hall meeting will feature officials from Stepping Up Alachua …

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